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Fiona Necklace

Created in this Craftsy class

Brilliant Knit Beads taught by Betsy Hershberg

Author and self-described "left-brained knitter" Betsy Hershberg shows you how to knit unique jewelry pieces from glittering seed beads and delicious yarns.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Knitting
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Classic, Whimsical
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What materials did you use? Silk and Tencel fibers, Japanese glass seed beads, wooden beads (underneath the knitted wrappers), large resin beads, C-Thru stringing thread, Sterling Silver and art glass clasp.

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What are you most proud of? The way I was able to coordinate and integrate all the various colors, shapes and sizes of the beads to fit together and lay so well around the neck. That took some doing! You can see how well it hangs in the last picture where it is on a display form. When it lies flat, as in the first picture, this is not quite so obvious.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Start out by making several different sizes and colors/techniques of knitted bead balls along with choosing any other types of beads you think might work with the knitted beads. Then begin to string them to see how they'll work together. You can then create additional knitted beads to fill in the spaces and create the lengths you need. Using some kind of display form to hang the various lengths on as you are working is really helpful.

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Betsy... just gorgeous... LOVE it!

11/22/2012 Flag

Of course I love this one too Betsy, and I'm so grateful I got to inspect it up close!

11/22/2012 Flag

Thanks everyone! This piece actually looks more complicated than it is Nankka. The techniques for the knitted beads are all taught in the class and then the stringing choices are really just a matter of trial and error. Try not to be overwhelmed by the possibilities and maybe consider doing only one or two strands of mixed beads to begin with. I am a big proponent of "baby steps." Left-brainers often are. Just try it, see what happens and have fun with these things!

11/23/2012 Flag


01/26/2013 Flag

This is gorgeous- so elegant and unique. Thank you Betsy for your great talent.

05/18/2013 Flag